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Frazier sits, Hannahan starts at third

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ARLINGTON -- Reds third baseman Todd Frazier entered Saturday in a 2-for-19 slump on the road trip and with an overall .238 batting average. But that wasn't the only reason that Frazier was out of the lineup and Jack Hannahan started against Rangers starter Nick Tepesch.

"He's been scuffling for a while and it's a day to get Jack in against a guy," Reds manager Dusty Baker said. "Right-handed hitters are hitting .198 against him. Left-handed hitters are hitting .312. I'm just trying to stack as many left-handed hitters as I can. In the American League, that's how they do it."

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ARLINGTON -- Reds third baseman Todd Frazier entered Saturday in a 2-for-19 slump on the road trip and with an overall .238 batting average. But that wasn't the only reason that Frazier was out of the lineup and Jack Hannahan started against Rangers starter Nick Tepesch.

"He's been scuffling for a while and it's a day to get Jack in against a guy," Reds manager Dusty Baker said. "Right-handed hitters are hitting .198 against him. Left-handed hitters are hitting .312. I'm just trying to stack as many left-handed hitters as I can. In the American League, that's how they do it."

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It marked the left-handed-hitting Hannahan's 10th start at third base this season and his first since June 16.

Hannahan finished Saturday's 6-4, 11-inning victory 0-for-3 with two strikeouts -- both against Tepesch. Frazier pinch-hit for Hannahan in the eighth inning and grounded out and then was hit by a pitch in the 11th and scored on Devin Mesoraco's homer.

Mark Sheldon is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Mark My Word, and follow him on Twitter @m_sheldon.

This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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